I, Jennifer, write this blog on behalf of my husband, children, and the rest of our dedicated team of Honduran missionary-teachers at the Living Waters Ranch in rural Honduras. We have been given the purpose, challenge, and joy of raising up the next generation of children and teens to be fierce yet compassionate followers of Christ through our grassroots school and foster family. My husband and I have taken a small group of those who have been abandoned/orphaned by their biological families into our home as sons and daughters while likewise teaching, mentoring and discipling youth from our rural neighborhood alongside our dedicated staff in our school.
This blog will serve as our story — our stumbles and follies as new parents, periodic updates from our school and ministry, the little victories we experience, moments of profound thanksgiving, family struggles and learnings, and visions of God’s Kingdom reigning in our daily lives.
My husband and I come from drastically different backgrounds — the youngest child of 18 siblings raised in the Honduran countryside and an only child from the suburbs of Texas, but our marriage proves that in Christ we are a new race, no longer belonging to the physical markings our flesh bares, but rather a new race united in God’s Kingdom and by His power.
Darwin is a musician, and in April 2014 left his position as director of a non-profit music school in the nearby city of La Ceiba in order to dedicate himself fully to our foster family and growing Christian school on the Living Waters Ranch. He is currently the eleventh-grade teacher in addition to directing two youth choirs and a youth orchestra. He is also involved on weekends and in spare moments in the care of our herd of milking cows and the maintenance of our ranch property.
My first task upon moving to Honduras as a single woman in June 2012 was to spend the school year teaching a class of 28 rowdy first-graders at a local bilingual school while making preparations for the Living Waters Ranch to receive its first children. I am now a full-time momma to the 6 foster teens we currently have at home while I also fulfill the roles of teacher, coach and mentor in our school in addition to directing the mission alongside my husband. When the pandemic hit in 2020, I began writing my first book.
It is our hope and purpose that God may speak through us to proclaim that God is alive and that Christ truly — and we say this because each of our lives have been drastically changed by His power — is the way, the truth, and the life. And what truly abundant life we have in Him!
This is the testimony God has given us.
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